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Adopt A Cat Day, Sat 11:30-2:30 GiveBIG, May 10th!

ADOPT A CAT DAY-SATURDAYS Every Saturday 11:30-2:30. Come in and meet our wonderful cats - every one of them needs a home to call their own. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call 389-1085 or email cats@vipp.org. Shelter Address: 12200 SW 243rd Street - off of Old Mill Rd. Dog adoptions are by appointment only, call 389-1085 or email dogs@vipp.org. VIPP's dogs are not housed at the cat shelter, but are in foster homes or boarded on Vashon. Click here to see the current dogs:
http://www.adoptapet.com/vipp

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GIVE BIG, May 10, 2017 Make your loving donations go even further by giving to VIPP on Seattle Foundations Give Big Day. Great news VIPP Fans - It is now possible for donors to go online NOW and schedule your donations for GiveBIG day 5/3. Here's the link:https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/vashon-island-pet-protectors-1

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SMILE.AMAZON.COM helps VIPP! ** Micro-chip your pet for $10Bucks!

USE SMILE.AMAZON.COM If you log into to Amazon.com using Smile.Amazon.com, you can choose Vashon Island Pet Protectors as your preferred non-profit and VIPP will receive .05% of your eligible smile purchases! It's easy!!!

Micro-Chip your pet for $10 now! For a limited time Fair Isle animal clinic and VIPP are running a great special. Get a mico-chip (normally $50) for $10 bucks! Keep your pet safe - it is the best way to be reunited with your pet if they are lost and that is so important, especially during an Island emergency. Call Fair Isle now 463-3607 for a voucher and to make an appointment.

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Leptospirosis Alert

Leptospirosis Bacteria

Leptospirosis Alert Continues for Vashon dogs!

Leptospirosis bacteria continues this summer to infect Vashon dogs (dozens of dogs since December 2006) & is anticipated to be a serious threat even now as summer weather dries out standing water carrying the bacteria. Many raccoons have the bacteria too. A handful of dogs have died and humans could be at risk.

Leptospirosis and Your Pet

The bacteria are spread through the urine of infected animals such as raccoons and rodents, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Animals become infected through contact with this contaminated urine (or other body fluids, except saliva), water, or soil. The bacteria can enter the body through skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth), especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch. Drinking contaminated water can also cause infection.

How can I tell if my dog is infected?

Common signs reported in dogs include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, refusal to eat, severe weakness and depression, stiffness, severe muscle pain, or inability to have puppies. Generally younger animals are more seriously affected than older animals.

Is there a treatment for Leptospirosis in pet animals?

Yes, Leptospirosis is treatable with antibiotics. If an animal is treated early, it may recover more rapidly and any organ damage may be less severe. Other treatment methods, such as dialysis and hydration therapy may be required.
The time between exposure to the bacteria and development of disease is usually 5 to 14 days, but can be as short as a few days or as long as 30 days or more.

For more information

CDC Data Sheet for Pets: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/leptospirosis_g_pet.htm

King 5 News story: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_011106WABleptospirosisSW.6a18a...

1/27/06 Update: King County's The Epi-Log Newsletter (Volume 46, No. 1 - January 2006) at http://www.metrokc.gov/health/epilog/vol4601.htm